Archive for 'Editorials'

Editorial: Faced with growing scrutiny, authorities make the right call

Editorial: Faced with growing scrutiny, authorities make the right call

Less than a year ago, the American Civil Liberties Union revealed the sudden — and largely unheralded — adoption of license plate readers by local law enforcement agencies across the country and the group’s deep-seated privacy [...]

EDITORIAL: City Hall puts its budget woes on residents’ backs — again

EDITORIAL: City Hall puts its budget woes on residents’ backs — again

(File Photo) Heading into budget season, it was obvious City Manager Rashad Young faced an arduous task. First, there was the $35 million shortfall. Then there was sign after sign that revenue projections were off — [...]

EDITORIAL: It’s about the money, not safety

EDITORIAL: It’s about the money, not safety

(Image/Ashleigh Carter)Do red-light cameras make our roads safer? That’s what City Hall would have you believe, statistics be damned. City officials tout red-light cameras at busy intersections as a way to cut down on traffic accidents [...]

EDITORIAL: Honest government requires full disclosures

EDITORIAL: Honest government requires full disclosures

(File Photo) Most politicians take office promising high standards for transparent and ethical behavior. Unfortunately, when this promise becomes politically or personally inconvenient, as it inevitably does, the standard often isn’t met. President Barack Obama’s White [...]

EDITORIAL: Knowing when to give up the ghost

EDITORIAL: Knowing when to give up the ghost

(Image/City of Alexandria) There comes a time when enough is enough. The opposition to Carr City Center’s proposed waterfront hotel is fast approaching that moment. As expected, Friends of the Alexandria Waterfront has appealed the board [...]

EDITORIAL: Finding a true win-win compromise really is an art

EDITORIAL: Finding a true win-win compromise really is an art

According to Merriam-Webster, a compromise is “a settling of differences … reached by mutual concessions.” In a good compromise, no one gets exactly what they want and each party gives up something meaningful. Washington Nationals General [...]

EDITORIAL: Driving out local automobile dealerships is bad business

EDITORIAL: Driving out local automobile dealerships is bad business

(File Photo) So let’s get this straight: In a year where officials are bemoaning a massive budget shortfall, warning of dire cuts to needed and beloved city services, and desperately searching for new sources of cash, [...]

Bike lane debate: the good, 
the bad and the ugly

Bike lane debate: the good, 
the bad and the ugly

(Photo/Erich Wagner) Alexandria City Council on Saturday emphatically ended almost a year of contentious debate by unanimously voting to put bike lanes on a very short stretch of King Street. All six city councilors and Mayor [...]

EDITORIAL: New superintendent faces 
a pressing issue

EDITORIAL: New superintendent faces 
a pressing issue

(Photo/Erich Wagner) We marked two milestones last week, with the first being the announcement of Alvin Crawley as the new superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools. We also saw his inaugural one-on-one meeting with local reporters. [...]

EDITORIAL: It’s time for a systematic code cleanup

EDITORIAL: It’s time for a systematic code cleanup

City Councilor Justin Wilson’s recent campaign to free Alexandria’s books of useless and outdated laws is a great public service. Many sections of our city code remain laws in name only, their original purposes no longer [...]